Vandals cause more than $8,000 in damage to Rundlett Middle School

Monitor staff
Friday, July 14, 2017

Police are investigating two related break-ins Wednesday night at Rundlett Middle School that resulted in more than $8,600 in damage.

Two minors were taken into custody by police as they attempted to leave the school a second time, according to Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford.

“We believe there may be a couple of other juveniles from the first incident,” Ford said, noting that the case is still actively being investigated.

Alcohol was a contributing factor, he said; the two minors taken into custody were under the influence of alcohol at the time of their arrests.

Police first responded to the middle school on South Street at about 5:30 p.m. after a school janitor reported seeing four kids in the school. The kids were able to flee before anyone caught up with them, Ford said.

Two additional calls were made to police between 8:15 p.m. and 9:17 p.m. Police said in both cases they responded to the middle school where at least two kids were observed loitering.

Ford described the damage to the school as significant by evening’s end. He said a coffee maker and computer were broken, classroom materials strewn about, profanities written on dry erase boards and paint in the hallways. Further, he said, someone had taken a workshop vacuum and blown out the dust and other contents back out into a room.

Police later determined a wall had sustained damage after someone had thrown a wheelchair – used to transport students with special needs – into it.

Ford said the two minors taken into custody were later released to their parents and will be tried through the juvenile court system.

Concord School District Superintendent Terri Forsten could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon about the break-ins.